South Orange, N.J. - Seton Hall women's soccer coach Rick Stainton has announced the additions of two Div. I transfers who will add talent and experience to his developing 2016 squad. Joining the Pirates are Ryann Ramirez (Lake Tahoe, Calif.) and Ana Zadro (Mississauga, Ontario).
Ramirez comes to the Pirates after spending her freshman year at Florida International. She will have three years of eligibility. Zadro comepeted for two years at Southeastern Louisiana and will have two years of eligibility remaining at Seton Hall.
"We are very excited to welcome the newest additions to our already talented incoming class," Stainton said. "They will provide our program with valuable experience."
Zadro was a two-year letter winner at Southeastern, where she appeared in 37 matches as a midfielder and had five goals and eight assists. She blossomed during her sophomore year in 2015, finishing third in the Southland Conference with seven assists. She had a five-point day against Arkansas State and delivered a crucial penalty kick in the Southland Conference Championship final to help send the team to the NCAA Tournament. At season's end, she was named honorable mention All-Southland Conference. Academically, she was named to the Southland's Fall Commissioner's Honor Roll.
"Ana is a very creative and dynamic player who has the ability to assist or finish," Stainton said. "She is a pro-active player who is dangerous with or without the ball. Her contributions in our attack will be impactful for our program."
Ramirez, a midfielder, did not see action for FIU in 2015, but came in with a wealth of club soccer experience. She played for LA Premier CSL, an undefeated league champion. She also competed with IMG Academy, reaching the state quarterfinals in 2011, and with Neusport FC Green, finishing in third place in the state tournament three consecutive years 2008-10. She also was Neusports' MVP in back-to-back years 2008-09.
"Ryann is an athletic and versatile player who has a great work ethic on both sides of the ball," Stainton said. "She has a competitive mind-set, willingness to contribute, and will further improve us in multiple roles."
Zadro and Ramirez bolster a Pirates team that returns seven student-athletes that started at least half of the team's matches. They also join a talented fall freshmen class that includes Marissa Aniolowski, Siobhan McGovern, Jackie Robinson and Sarah Schweinberg. The Pirates will report for fall camp on Aug. 2 and will begin competition on Thursday, Aug. 11 with a home exhibition match against Lafayette.